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With Broadaxes Face to Face

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Governor John Owen challenged his opponent for a seat in the General Assembly, Richard Melvin, to a duel after losing the election. Governor Owen, who had previously been involved with a challenge to duel a Senate seat opponent, Willie P. Mangum, challenged Melvin to a duel, with tradition stating that the challenged person was allowed to make their choice of weapons. As Governor Owen was known as a crack shot and an excellent swordsman, Melvin, who was a much larger man, chose broadaxes, face to face, for the duel in an effort to level the playing field. Governor Owen declined and Melvin's honor was preserved.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 38 Issue 23, May 1971, p13, por